Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrows are usually difficult to observe.  Usually they remain hidden, low in bushy tangles.  Occasionally, however, they visit feeders and can be seen on lawns.  The best field mark is the tan wash behind their breast streaks.  This sparrow was named by Audubon in 1833 for Thomas Lincoln who accompanied Audubon to Labrador when the bird was discovered.

Lincoln's Sparrows breed across Canada, the Arrowhead of Minnesota, and in the Rocky Mountains. Most winter in Mexico, the Pacific Coast or the southwest of the United States. Because of their elusiveness, not too much is known about their breeding behavior or genetics.  I occasionally band them during the spring and fall migrations.

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